November 26th, 2010
07:03 AM ET

World update: Germany passes austerity budget

An update from the CNN newsdesk in London on the stories we're following on Friday:

European austerity woes - The German government voted today to pass the country's 2011 budget. The Portuguese government is also voting on its 2011 budget. Finally, the results of the Irish by-election which are expected to undermine the position of the government will also be made known today.

“Love Island” - The locals are beginning to call it “Love Island” - a windswept outpost of North Wales, otherwise known as Anglesey. But forget the rain, wind and snow, “Love Island” is now home to the talk of the nation: Prince William and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton. Dan Rivers talks to locals about how the Royal couple have put Anglesey back on the map and how they're being treated “just like any other couple.”

Kano dyeing tradition - In northern Nigeria, in the city of Kano, indigo has become the color of tradition. The city's dye pits represent a centuries-old trade. Still, the craft of fabric dyeing is fading, as the ancient practice meets modern competition. Christian Purefoy visited the pits, to see what's sustaining the “dyeing tradition.” Read the full story

Glass skull - Florence, Italy will play host to the most expensive piece of art made by a living artist. The diamond encrusted human skull will go on display at the historic Pallazzo Vecchio. Nick Glass spoke to the artist Damien Hirst about the work and the global art market. Watch the piece here

Italy student protest - Students protesting government education reforms stormed the Colosseum and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy's official news agency reported Thursday. The protests at the historic Italian sites were two of many demonstrations Thursday in many Italian cities, the ANSA news agency reported. Students are unhappy that the reforms could leave thousands of teachers out of work, the agency said.

Spacecraft lands - A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying three crew members from the International Space Station landed in Kazakhstan on Friday, NASA said.

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  1. cd


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  2. Reynardine Greencastle

    Austerity programs mean those who have little must make do with nothing, so that those who have more can get multimillion dollar bonuses, with which they can afford to encrust the skulls of the starved with diamonds. Of course, there are only so many times stones can be pulled out of the foundations to build penthouses before the inevitable happens, but, what the hell, apres moi, le deluge!

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